Why have I not thought to make Cherry Muffins before?
I was inspired a few weeks ago after helping out at our church’s monthly food bank distribution.
It’s one of my favorite days of the month, by the way. Well over 100 families are served, and they get to pick up lots and lots of food to help meet their grocery needs for the month. I’ve loved taking as many of our boys as are available each time. Yes, even the little boys. Brayden stays with a big brother and helps transport boxes of food in wagons. Boy Babe hangs out with me. Without even trying, he makes all the people waiting in line smile. Then they often start telling me about their kids and grandkids. It’s fantastic.
As a perk, after all the community has been served, if there are any food leftovers we volunteers can go through the line and take what we can use. In August, there were huge bags of dried cherries available. I snatched one right up with the idea to make trail mix. But then I got the idea to try these Whole Grain Cherry Muffins.
Not too shabby of an idea if I do say so myself.
I love that we can take a basic muffin recipe and add so many different add-ins. Fruit, nuts, chocolate chips – so many great options! Find a huge list of other muffin recipes here, many of which are simple tweaks to the recipe below.
For this particular recipe, I added a hand full of dried cherries, then a splash of lemon juice to make them extra tart and flavorful!
Easy Whole Grain Cherry Muffins
- 1½ cups whole grain flour (I use freshly ground soft white wheat.)
- ⅓ cup sugar (sucanat, brown sugar, honey, whatever your preference)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ cup dried cherries
- Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Add egg, milk, sour cream, coconut oil, and lemon juice.
- Stir well, then fold in dried cherries.
- Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
- Bake in a 400 degree oven for 18-22 minutes or until muffins are golden brown.
**Do you have our Simple Mixes to Save the Day eBook yet? Grab it so you can save time and energy by using the Muffin Mix for this recipe!! I LOVE having these mixes on hand!!!
Simply exchange the dry ingredients in this recipe for 2 cups of Muffin Mix. :)